Wayne Powerball Winner Charged With Sexually Assaulting Girl

WAYNE, N.J. – A former bodega owner from Wayne who won a $338 million Powerball jackpot was charged with sexually assaulting a young girl, authorities said.

Pedro Quezada
Pedro Quezada Photo Credit: COURTESY: Passaic County Prosecutor

“At this time, it appears there are no other victims,” Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes said, in announcing the arrest of Pedro Quezada, 49, for sexual assaults that she said were committed when the girl was between 11 and 14 years old.

Quezada made headlines -- and then became notorious -- after his 2013 Powerball win.

Published reports said he dumped his live-in girlfriend of 10 years, then skipped out on his rent while reneging on a promise to his neighbors to pay their rent.

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The pair settled out of court.

Quezada -- who opted for a $211 million lump sum jackpot that dropped to $152 million after taxes -- was ordered held pending a detention hearing Wednesday in Central Judicial Processing Court in Paterson.

He is charged with two counts each of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment.

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